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directed by Martin Scorsese
USA 1990

When Martin Scorsese, one of the world's most skillful and respected directors, reunited with two-time Oscar-winner Robert De Niro in GoodFellas, the result was one of the most powerful films of the year. Based on the true-life best seller Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi and backed by a dynamic pop/rock oldies soundtrack, critics and filmgoers alike declared GoodFellas great. It was named 1990's best film by the New York, Los Angeles and National Society of Film Critics. And it earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Robert De Niro received wide recognition for his performance as veteran criminal Jimmy "The Gent" Conway. And as the volatile Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci walked off with the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Academy Award nominee Lorraine Bracco, Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino also turned in electrifying performances. You have to see it to believe it - then watch it again. GoodFellas explores the criminal life like no other movie.

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Theatrical Release: Sept. 12, 1990

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Comparison:

Warner - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner (2-disc SE) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Warner  (20th Anniversary) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Enrique B Chamorro for all the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Warner - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Warner (SE) - Region 1 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Warner (20th Anniversary) - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

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Distribution

Warner

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner
Region 1 - NTSC
Warner
Region
FREE - Blu-ray
Warner (20th Anniversary)
Region
FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:25:24 2:25:15 2:25:27.510 2:25:27.510
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.83 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.37 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,474,154,580 bytes

Feature: 20,706,293,760 bytes

Video Bitrate: 16.20 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,474,154,580 bytes

Feature: 20,706,293,760 bytes

Video Bitrate: 16.20 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English 5.1, French 2.0

English 5.1, French 2.0

Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none English, French, Spanish, none English, French, Spanish, none English, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• VOB file dates: 02/20/97
• Static Menu
• Film split on 2 sides, Side A 1:12:54 / Side B 1:12:30
• Cast Text Screen
• Production Notes (3 text screens)
• Awards (2 text screens)
• 2 Theatrical Trailers
• Similar films recommended text screen

DVD Release Date: 03/27/97
Snapper

Chapters 34
 

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• VOB file dates: 06/03/04
• 2 Disc set, film on 1 & bonus material on 2
• Comm. by dir. Scorsese, cast and crew
• Comm. by gangster Henry Hill & FBI agent Edward McDonald
• On disc 2; Getting Made Documentary 29:35 min.
• Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy Documentary 13:32 min.
• The Workaday Gangster Documentary 7:57 min.
• Storyboard to film comparison: Paper is cheaper than film 4:28 min.
• Theatrical Trailer 1:28 min.

DVD Release Date: 08/17/04
Plastic slim double

Chapters 47

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,474,154,580 bytes

Feature: 20,706,293,760 bytes

Video Bitrate: 16.20 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

 

Edition Details:
• Comm. by dir. Scorsese, cast and crew
• Comm. by gangster Henry Hill & FBI agent Edward McDonald
• Getting Made Documentary 29:35 min.
• Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy Documentary 13:32 min.
• The Workaday Gangster Documentary 7:57 min.
• Storyboard to film comparison: Paper is cheaper than film 4:28 min.
• Theatrical Trailer 1:28 min.

Blu-ray Release Date: January 6th, 2007
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 47

Release Information:
Studio: Warner
(20th Anniversary)

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,474,154,580 bytes

Feature: 20,706,293,760 bytes

Video Bitrate: 16.20 Mbps

Codec: VC-1 Video

 

Edition Details:
• Comm. by dir. Scorsese, cast and crew
• Comm. by gangster Henry Hill & FBI agent Edward McDonald
• Getting Made Documentary 29:35 min.
• Made Men: The Goodfellas Legacy Documentary 13:32 min.
• The Workaday Gangster Documentary 7:57 min.
• Storyboard to film comparison: Paper is cheaper than film 4:28 min.
• Theatrical Trailer 1:28 min.

• DVD - Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (1:45:40)

32-page Digi-book package with color photos

Blu-ray Release Date: February 16th, 2010
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 47

 

Comments NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Addition: Warner Blu-ray - January 2010':  I was sure my eyes were playing tricks on me as I thought I could identify differences in the screen captures between both Blu-ray editions. BUT my technical software has told us that they are the exact same disc. Since utilizing some more accurate software I actually re-did the original Blu-ray captures and despite my eyes turning square - I find no differences at all in the 2 transfers. My batch process, with no cropping of the 1.78 image, created the exact same file sizes for the old captures as the new. So being the same disc (as discussed below) we get the same audio/video and same supplements (commentaries etc.) on the feature Blu-ray.

What we do get 'new' to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Scorsese's film is the packaging of a gorgeous 32-page Digi-book with color photos, bios, short essays etc. plus a second disc DVD with Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film and 4 cartoons. It is the same 1-hour 45-minute documentary found on the Warner Gangsters Collection Volume 4 (reviewed HERE). Described on the Warner site as - As popular as these films were in their heyday, seminal giants like Little Caesar and Public Enemy as well as post-war gems like Key Largo and White Heat still hold power over their audiences today. Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film will explore the invention and development of the crime genre; the rise of Warner stars like Cagney, Bogart and Robinson; as well as directors like Walsh, Wellman and Curtiz. It will cover the films themselves and the influence they had on filmmakers all over the world; and the artistic merit that these defining classic films still warrant. Finally, the documentary will celebrate the impact that Warner Bros. Studios had in establishing the iconic Hollywood Gangster, often imitated but never equaled. As we stated there: "The disc is a solid documentary, narrated by Alec Baldwin with people like Martin Scorsese giving input. I loved it - lots of clips and interesting participants. I appreciated the occasional specific focus on directors as well as the actors (like Cagney)."

The documentary, Digi-pack book and 30-minutes worth of cartoons (I Like Mountain Music, She Was an Acrobat’s Daughter, Rockateer Rabbit and Bugs and Thugs - the quality is excellent for SD-DVD) are a nice touch. I'd still like to see dual-layering of the almost 2.5-hour film and with HD audio but that isn't it the cards right now. The film remains strongly recommended!

- Gary Tooze

***

Addition: Warner Blu-ray - August 09':  We've watched a lot of Blu-rays now and this, being on of the early new format discs (Jan. 2007), is somewhat underwhelming. While it shows less digital noise than the DVD editions - it still exhibits some, as well as speckles, via the single-layered VC-1 encoding.  This 1080P visuals never seem to showcase the depth of some other transfers from the same time. I don't think there is any doubt that it improves substantially over the Special Edition DVD (and the, comparatively ineffectual, 97' flipper) and perhaps  more stunning image quality won't exist to a higher degree than this although I'd love to compare an MPEG-4 AVC dual-layered appearance to be more satisfied.

The sound on Blu-ray gets no audible advancement although the 640Kpbs sounds quite efficient with an adept mix promoting a few viable separations seemingly inherent in the film track. As adopters of this new format are very aware though - HD lossless audio can be one of the biggest pluses for Blu-ray presentations. Unfortunately, Warner have not taken advantage of this with this Goodfellas release. Like the DVD releases this Blu-ray offers optional English, French and Spanish subtitles. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Extras mimic the SE DVD starting with the first commentary, recorded in segments - by Scorsese, Liotta, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Frank Vincent, producers Irwin Winkler and Barbara De Fina, screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, the film's cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker. It has some excellent moments and like the second, with Henry Hill and FBI agent Edward McDonald, is VERY much worth listening to. I also enjoyed the half-hour 'Getting Made' documentary although it does tend to repeat some of the discussion in the first commentary. There are a few more tidbits although nothing overly notable but there is some bonus to having them accessible on one disc.

Being so early out of the gate Warner have left a less satisfying product and it would be great to see them revisit (especially a film like Goodfellas) with an upgraded transfer (dual-layering the almost 2.5-hour film and with HD audio) and new, relevant, supplements - although, to be fair the ones included are quite extensive. Despite my disappointment - this is a more intensive and personally impacting experience with the increased resolution and it's the best version of this magnificent film presently available.  

- Gary Tooze

 


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Warner

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner
Region 1 - NTSC
Warner
Region
FREE - Blu-ray
Warner (20th Anniversary)
Region
FREE - Blu-ray

 



 

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